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TODAY-SUNDAY | 03.25-03.27

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The fifth annual "Miatas at Myrtle Beach" continues through Sunday, based at the Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort, 1200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Various activities are planned across the area, including:

Track Day, today, at Myrtle Beach Speedway, on U.S. 501, near Carolina Forest.

A cruise, today, to Hopsewee Plantation, on U.S. 17 south of Georgetown, for a tour of the house and grounds.

A "Car Show in the Clouds" on top of the Sea Mist's parking deck in the morning, with prizes awarded for various categories.

This gathering of 25 Mazda Miata sports car clubs and enthusiasts from across the country also is a fundraiser for the Children's Home Society of North Carolina. Details at 457-1438 or

TODAY-SATURDAY | 03.25-03.26

'Jungle Book' in Aynor

Aynor Elementary School will present a children's play, "The Jungle Book," at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at in the Aynor High School auditorium, 201 Jordanville Road.

Sixty-seven students will fill the stage, to help tell this Disney story about learning the meaning of patience and friendship. Mowgli, a young "Man-Cub," is saved from Shere Khan, a ferocious tiger, along with the help of his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. He encounters Kaa the snake, Col. Hathi and his elephant troop, King Louie and the monkeys, and many more along his journey. Shanti, a young village girl, reveals herself to him and Mowgli decides to go to the Man-Village with Shanti, but will always consider the jungle his home. Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and older, and $2 ages 3-12. Details at 488-7070.

SATURDAY | 03.26

Diggin' It at Brookgreen

Brookgreen Gardens, which is open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, will have its "Diggin' It" 2011 Spring Garden Festival, with this schedule of guests and Brookgreen speakers and topics:

In Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium (seating limited):

10-11 a.m. | Bryce Lane, host of "In the Garden" TV show, from N.C. State University, "For the Love of Gardening: The Power to Change Your Point of View"

11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. | Pearl Fryar of Bishopville, "The Art of Topiary: Pearls of Wisdom"

2:30-:30 p.m. | Lane, "Gardening on the Edge: Latest Trends in Gardening

In Learning Lab I (seating limited):

10 -11 a.m. | Brad Fowler and Blake Wilson, Brookgreen horticulturists, "The Cure for the Common Landscape: Practical Practices"

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Sara Millar, manager of horticulture, "Fabulous Foliage in the Garden: Using Foliage for Color, Contrast, and Texture"

1-2 p.m. | Christine Todd, greenhouse and nursery manager, "Beauty on the Wing: How to Create a Haven for Butterflies and Hummingbirds in the Home Landscape"

2:30-3:30 | George Weich, vice president for horticulture, "Orchids and Bromeliads Taking the Mystery out of the Exotic: An Introduction to Growing Orchids and Bromeliads"

In demonstration tent:

10-11 a.m. | Kandace Cavins, senior horticulturist, "Bold and Beautiful Container Gardening with Contrast and Harmony "

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | horticulturalists Viki Richardson and Jon McGann, "Sustainable Home Gardening Meeting Your Present Needs without Compromising the Future"

1-2 p.m. | Christy Anouilh, horticulturist, "Terrariums: Landscapes in Miniature"

The gardens are on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park.

The festival is free with admission, which lasts for seven days: $12 ages 13-64, $10 ages 65 and older, and $6 ages 4-12. Details at 235-6000 or 800-849-1931, or

SATURDAY | 03.26

Build, race a boat

Flying Fish Public Market & Grill invites the public to its Build Your Own Boat event, then a race on the Intracoastal Waterway at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach.

From 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., teams of up to eight people, 14 and older, can assemble their vessel with any equipment as long as everything is handmade; no motors or power allowed. Prizes will be awarded for various categories such as the fastest boat, the most creative and most soundly built.

Throughout the day, vendors and food, including an oyster roast and pig pickin', will be available. Vendor fees of $20 per retail booth will be donated to the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach and boat builder fees of $10 per team will be donated to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Admission is free for spectators. For details, call Larry Bonds or Chris Motts at 663-3474 or Kim Kelley at 272-8349, or visit

MONDAY | 03.28

Pauly Shore

Pauly Shore, whose four years with "Totally Pauly" on MTV in the 1990s led to such hit movies as "Encino Man," "Son-in-Law" and "Jury Duty," will perform at 8 and 10 p.m. Monday at Stand-Up Carolina Comedy Club.

The son of comedian Sammy Short, who opened for Elvis in the early 1970s, also saw his parents open The Comedy Store on Hollywood's Sunset Strip, where Robin Williams, David Letterman and the late Sam Kinison played on their respective roles to stand-up success.

Tickets to see Shore are $27.50.

The club's at 3140-D U.S. 17 Business, Garden City Beach, north of Inlet Square, by Gershon's NY Deli. Details at 651-7819 or

TUESDAY | 03.29

Piccadilly Circus

The Sarasota, Fla.-based Piccadilly Circus rolls into town for shows 4:30-6 and 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North.

Acts include acrobats, clowns, an elephant extravaganza, a boxing kangaroo, "Motorcycle Madness" and Katunga the Giant Jungle Monster.

Tickets are $28 for adults, and children get in free with a coupon available at various area sites.

Until 10 a.m. Tuesday, an adult discount is available at www.thefuncircus .com. More details at 941-552-9552.